If you read my post here about the Boobyball, you already know we are super pumped for it. It’s a charity event in support of ReThink Breast Cancer and it’s one of Toronto’s most coveted events for the younger (25-35 year old) crowd.
It’s taking place on Saturday, October 16th at the Kool Haus and tickets are $80. The night includes open bar, gift bags, DJs, a drag queen show and other performance artists. Above all and most importantly – it includes a contribution to a very important cause.
Tickets are already going fast and are expected to sell out in 5 days – FOR REAL! Do the hustle and get your tickets at www.boobyball.com – be sure to click on my name (Julie D) when purchasing your ticket.
PS – The theme this year is STUDIO 54!!!! What are you going to wear? Wait – buy your ticket first before they sell out!
Crowds outside of Studio 54 circa 1977
Bianca Jagger, Liza Minelli, Michael Jackson
Andy Worhol, Liza Minelli, and other pretty party people
Bianca Jagger entering Studio 54 for her legendary birthday party that went on to last 3 days. Wonderful Insanity.
Diana Ross in the DJ booth
Look familiar? A baby faced Tom Ford!
And you should too — boobs are back in style! According to this article.
There’s no place I’d rather be than at the beach on a hot day. Fact. I woke up to the sun beating in my eyes and bolted for the door, making sure not to miss out on another minute of sunshine. I hate to say this, but the reality is our dear friend Summer is about to leave us, so we have to make the most of it while we can. I took a little trip down Queen East to The Beaches and relaxed with a few magazines, friends, and an ice cream cone.
I threw on my American Apparel convertible dress – the dress that can be worn 15 different ways. Christine wore hers here as a halter, but I always wear mine strapless. I had no time for hair or make-up so I put on my Joe Fresh straw fedora ($10) and my white framed wayfarers from Kensington Market ($5).
The day topped perfection when I spotted a splash pad in the park and ran through to cool off. I was drenched and as happy as could be. The best things in life are truly simple :) JD
This song goes out to my friend and blog partner – I hope you have an amazing birthday and the best year yet!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY CM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JD xo
Friday night was a busy one filled with lots of first time experiences. We started off at the Distillery District for the Lexus Live event where we tried out the brand new hybrid Lexus CT 200h. We didn’t drive it, but we sat in the driver’s seat and pretended to drive. We aren’t car buffs, but we know style, and this car is definitely stylin’. After some drinks and mingling, The Stills took to the stage and put on a stellar concert. We love Canadian bands!
Following that, we went for a drink at The Paddock on Bathurst street at Queen.
We’ve lived in Toronto for a number of years and neither of us had been to this classic bar. It’s been around since 1947 and apparently it used to stretch all the way down to the Tim Horton’s on Queen. Wild. The interior is incredible because it doesn’t look like it’s changed much. It’s definitely a good spot to shoot a movie.
Next stop was the roof top of The Burroughes building on Queen West. We had never been to the roof and it was a great little gem. Out night got even better when a group of us went to XO Karaoke in Korea Town.
This is another place we’ve been talking about for a long time and finally went to. You get your own private karaoke room and can belt out as many tunes as you want. We sang Like A Prayer, Islands in the Stream, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Shoop, and Desperado which had me laughing in stitches when CM sang in her signature high pitch voice. It’s like no other. You’ll have to join us next time!! JD
I wore this outfit to a big party once with cowboy boots and giant hair – it was sort of a saloon girl look. I’ve been waiting to bust it out again but in a tamer way. I found this double crinoline tutu at a vintage store called Flashback in Kensington Market for $35. They have a ton of these fun skirts in all sorts of colours. I paired it with a black tank from Jacob, a rose belt from Glamourous Place on Yonge street, and high heel booties by Dollhouse from Winners. Christine and I are going to the Scissor Sisters concert next week so maybe I’ll wear it. I don’t know – it’s between this or something leathery or neon or spandex. Stay tuned! JD
Tuesday I had mentioned that last weekend brought me to Niagara Falls and for a bachelorette party and we participated in five wine tours. You can imagine how the rest of the evening panned out. The plan was to dress more like you are going to the Kentucky Derby rather than a winery as sundresses and big hats were on the dress code. I opted for goofy sunglasses instead. I know, I’m a party pooper, but I couldn’t find a good hat! My dress is an oldie from Forever 21 and by oldie I mean before the store came to Canada. Shoes are from Aldo, purse is a Cole Haan sale purchase and sunglasses are from Kensington Market. CM
I heard this song the other day and just loved it. It’s a remake of Your Kiss Is On My List (originally by Hall & Oates) by a band called The Bird And The Bee. They’re from LA and seem pretty awesome. Check it out! JD
I was in a wedding party last Saturday and I have to say that my bridesmaid dress was pretty good. It’s tough to find a dress that multiple girls agree on/look good in, and there’s always drama surrounding the whole process, but this one was elegant and not too controversial. We had them made by a dressmaker named Sue from Hamilton, Ontario.
I enjoyed the mid-grey colour because of its simplicity, and the bride picked out beautiful jewel tone bouquets that complimented it very well. We all wore sparkly cuffs that I found at Aldo Accessories. They were regular $50 but I happened to catch them on sale for $15 each. Not too shabby. My earrings came from a street vendor in New York City for $10, and my black Valentino-esque clutch is from Nine West, but I actually got it in a gift bag on Cityline once. I wore super high heels which was kind of dumb because my feet were hidden and after the second round of pictures I was in high-heel-hurting-hell. Every time that happens, I envision myself having to wear the orthopedic shoes my Grandma wears from Walking On A Cloud. Slightly scary. Send me an email if you would like the dressmaker’s info – she’s really good. JD
PS – I’m fully aware of the giant stain down the front of my dress. That was a result of champagne spillage from the 90s dance party on the limo bus. Well worth it.
PPS – This last shot was taken in the courtyard at Queen’s Landing in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It reminds me of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
Every once in a while, you just have to get on a train with your girlfriends and take is as far as it will take you. In this case, it was the Go Train and we took it to Niagara Falls to celebrate my friend and bride-to-be Erin’s bachelorette party. We toured five Niagara-On-The-Lake wineries (yes five!) and headed back to the hotel to continue our party. We stayed at the Hilton and guess who we saw? Pink! She was there with her handsome husband Carey Hart who was opening up another one of his Hart & Huntington tattoo parlors. We traveled across the street to Dragonfly and can confirm what EVERYONE told us prior to our travels – it’s horrible! Seriously, never, ever go there. Anyhow, this is what I wore for my night out. H&M kinda exploded all over me but how could I resist? When I saw this picture of Miss Salma Hayek and spotted this $30 dress, there was no stopping me. Dress, belt and headband all from from H&M total $46. My Shoes were an early birthday gift from my Mom. They are from Spring. CM
I was in a wedding party this past weekend and the rehearsal dinner was held at a beautiful winery called StoneyRidge Estate Winery in Vineland Ontario. If you haven’t done a wine tour of the Niagara Region yet, I strongly recommend it. Niagara-on-the-Lake is simply beautiful and there are so many wineries in the surrounding area it’s hard to keep track of them all. One of my favourite parts of Niagara this time of year are the fruit stands you find on the road. Ontario peaches are so perfect right now I can eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Now that’s what I call a fruit! Anyway, I wore my BOSS Orange nautical inspired dress with my BOSS Black red patent shoes. These two items were purchased at a special sample sale and I can tell they are going to be good staples in my closet for a long time. They’re not trendy or classic, but just all around good pieces. The dress was $90 (regular $695) and my shoes were $65 (regular a lot more). My grandfather’s stylish shades worked well with this look – thanks Gram-pa-pa. JD
And it goes a little something like this! Jacket, Suzy Shier, $15. Shirt, Forever 21, $12. Broach, Aldo, $8. Shoes, The Bay, $12. Jeggings, Cost Blanca, $15. Outfit, priceless.
Happy Friday readers! CM
I’ve been having conversations about style lately, as per usual, and a friend of mine put it perfectly when he said…
“When people don’t care about personal style, they neglect a part of their artistic integrity” — Luke Langsdale
It’s so true! I’ve noticed that a lot more men are dressing better in the city of Toronto lately and it’s a nice sight. Women in Canada already do a good job of looking pretty and awesome, but it’s the men who are finally catching on….it’s about time! I think H&M is responsible for people all over the world dressing better. They make it so easy for us. They make stylish clothes that everyone can afford, so why not have fun with your wardrobe? Some people think it’s shallow to spend time and effort on the way you look, but I believe it really says a lot about a person and shows individuality.
I think we need a photo of a stylish man on Seven Dollar Pants…what do you think? In due time! JD
I dig the 70s look, but you’ll rarely find me in wide leg jeans. I’m more of a skinny jeans, cropped pants, leggings kind of girl, but it’s fun to change things up once in a while. These are the widest jeans I own by Seven for all Mankind – they kind of remind me of the jeans my mom wore here. I paired them with this multi-coloured top from FCUK that I bought on sale for $39. I decided to throw on a belt to give the look another layer, and my red Mary Jane espadrilles are the perfect pair of shoes for this pant. They are by Steve Madden and I found them at Winners on Bloor for $60. My gigantic sunglasses are also by Steve Madden from Winners for $12. Next time I want to wear this outfit with my top tucked in. I was feeling bloated this day so the tuck-in was just not happening. JD
I joined the organizing committee for Boobyball this year and I’m extremely excited for it. It’s a charity gala in support of Rethink Breast Cancer and it’s going to be one giant off the hook party!
We want you to join us so SAVE THE DATE – it’s on Saturday, October 16th and the theme is Studio 54! Picture through the light bulbs and paparazzi while watching everyone scrambling for their 15 minutes of fame. We’re transporting you back in time to the hottest party inspired by the world’s most iconic nightclub, Studio 54. Think high society mixed with glam rockers, Warhol artists and the kings and queens of the night!
Who goes? You can expect over 1,300 interesting and interested male and female young professionals between the ages of 25-40 yrs.
Fundraising Effort: Last year Boobyball raised a record-breaking $160 000 for Rethink Breast Cancer with 60% of the net funds being funnelled to B.I.G. – The Booby Innovation Grant with the remainder supporting Rethink Breast Cancer’s existing programs, research and support services. This money is invaluable in the fight against Breast Cancer. B.I.G. funds new projects, programs or initiatives spearheaded by survivors to help relieve suffering and improve the quality of life of young women with breast cancer, specifically supporting work that is innovative and creative.
I’ll let you know when tickets go on sale. In the meantime, save the date and start planning your outfit! JD
…and no accessories needed either. I really am not much of an accessories girl to be honest. I do love a heavy, chunky necklace and for me the bigger the earrings the better, but I often find accessories to be a lot of work. Not to mention a hassle at work. Bracelets banging on my desk drives me crazy and earring won’t get me through an entire phone conversation. Luckily I wasn’t at work this day and luckily my leopard print scarf was all I needed. Swung around my shoulders in a big loop and fastened with a safety-pin, this scarf is not going anywhere. It is from H&M for $12. Red halter dress is from American Apparel. It is the one they market by being able to wear it 15 different ways. I can really only wear it 2 ways – halter and strapless – for obvious reasons. I do love the colour though. Hat is from Zara for $20 and gladiators are from H&M for $15. CM
I love wearing hats! I have a large collection of hats and I’m always on the look out for new and interesting styles. The fedora I’m wearing here is by Goorin Bros. and it’s great to wear when I can’t be bothered with my hair. I got this floral dress in Amsterdam, but it’s from H&M and available in Canada too. I thought this style wouldn’t be sold in the Canadian stores, but we really do get all the same great stuff they do in Europe. My moto-inspired jacket is from H&M as well, and my high-heeled booties are by Dollhouse from Winners. I might bust this look out again with combat boots or flat vintage boots. JD
Loved it, loved it, loved it! I went to see Eat, Pray, Love this weekend and I absolutely loved it. I read the book and it’s exactly how I pictured it to be. Of course they don’t get into every single detail because it would just get too long, but overall, it was great and I think Julia Roberts was the perfect person to play Liz Gilbert.
For those of you that don’t know what this book/movie is all about – it’s a true story about a writer from New York (Liz Gilbert) who gets divorced, ends the next relationship she gets into, and decides to take one year of her life traveling to Italy, India, and Indonesia. She spends her time in Rome learning Italian, eating the best food of her life, drinking wine, laughing, and enjoying life to the fullest. She then heads to India where she’s challenged and frustrated by her meditation and yoga practice at an ashram. She cries a lot and reflects on her life and meets some interesting people. When she gets to Bali, there’s a sense of calmness and balance about her and she meets a certain someone – played by Javier Bardem. I’ll leave the rest to you, but trust me it’s very good. You laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll love the amazing shots of food, and most definitely you’ll leave the theatre feeling inspired. JD
“It’s not what we say, but how we say it that matters.” — Federico Fellini
Last Sunday, I dressed myself from the head down. I found this hat in the Men’s section at H&M for $2. Big score! Next I put on this t-shirt I got from The Bay for $15. The t-shirt is as light as silk and so soft it feels like second skin. The necklace is from VV Boutique in Burlington (Value Village) and was $5. Boyfriend jean shorts are from H&M ($13) and my boots are from Spring ($70). My bag is a great oldie purchased from Forever 21 when I was still in high school. I bring it out every summer. Not sure why I limit it to one season? CM
Every time we check our Facebook homepages it seems everyone is getting married. How are we supposed to keep up with a new party dress for each one?
The Goal: find multiple budget friendly dresses
Where: Off the top of my head I always recommend checking FCUK, Mendocino on Bloor, Zara, Winners, and Cors Boutique on Queen West. Cors sells dresses by the likes of Catherine Malandrino, BCBG, Nicole Miller, and Betsey Johnston for a fraction of what they’re supposed to cost. I’m not sure how, but I don’t ask questions. I try on, I like, I buy.
The dress I’m wearing here came from Winners on Bloor for just $60. I wore it to my cousin’s wedding and got quite a few compliments on it. I like the fun zipper detailing and the way it bounces and moves when I walk.
Tip of the day: always be on the look out for great party dresses even if you don’t have an event coming up. Another invite is bound to land in your mailbox soon. And if not, throw a fancy dress party. Just be sure to invite us! JD
PS – excuse the band-aid on my leg…I forgot it was there.
I share with you what could be the best thrifted find of all time! This skirt was $6 from VV Boutique in Burlington. (Translation – Value Village). Beautiful non? I wore it to dinner with this $12 Forever 21 tank and $12 Forever 21 necklace. My most perfect open toe black pumps were $60 from Zara. I am too excited to wear this skirt into fall. Oh, and the last pic? Julie laughed at my funny face and dared me to post it. How can I not? It’s my $6 leather skirt excited face. CM
This was a fun outfit I put together before heading out for lunch with Christine. We went to the Fish Store on College street. It’s an incredibly delish spot…we’ll post about it soon. I found this skirt at Forever 21 in Buffalo at the Walden Galleria. The F21at the Galleria is amazing – it was recently renovated and it’s huge. Much better than the Toronto location in my opinion. My polka dot top is from H&M, and I wish it came in more colours because it’s a good one. My vintage looking boots “look” like they came from my Mom’s closet, but they’re actually from Winners. Giant over sized sunglasses are by Steve Madden and I got them at Winners too! They sort of make me look like a bug but I still like them. JD
After almost three years of living only a couple blocks away from Allan Gardens, I finally walked over to discover what I have been missing out on this downtown paradise. Spanning a city block, Allan Gardens is found just off of Jarvis Street (since 1858) and is filled with lush and vibrant plants from all over the world. A friend and I ended up spending over 90 minutes chatting and taking in the beautiful views from their benches. The best thing about the Gardens is that it is free to Torontonians and tourists every day of the week. It will definitely be a destination of mine in the winter. CM
As promised here are some pics of the red dress I wore to a wedding a week or so ago. I just love the neckline and will admit feel a little Marilyn Monroe-ish in this dress. It was a great find at Winners on Bloor for $80. Red and gold (to me) is a match made in heaven so I paired the dress with my vintage clutch, $4 and strappy sandals that were on sale at H&M for $15. So this wedding outfit was less than $100 – sweet deal. Now, it is time for cheesy 80′s song of the day. CM
“Only boring people are bored” — Betty Draper
Betty & Don Draper in Rome – Mad Men Season 3
If you didn’t already know – I am OBSESSED with the show Mad Men and Betty Draper in particular. I seriously cannot get enough of this show. Season 4 just started and my lack of owning a TV has put me in a little state of panic because I don’t want to get behind. I’m hoping I can find the episodes online — going to check that out soon. In any case, if you haven’t tuned into Mad Men yet – what are you waiting for? I think January Jones (who plays Betty Draper) is SO pretty. Did you know she dated Ashton Kutcher and he said she’d never make it as an actor? He advised her to quit but that just pushed to keep going. TAKE THAT ASHTON!! Revenge is sweet. JD
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